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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Ferruginous Duck in the sun.

That was a cold one this morning, quite a thick frost, but at least the sun was shining.

Whisky had a great time today playing with quite a few dogs he's got to know. Always good to see dogs getting on together and having fun.

A few Redwing around by the car park

and of course the Mallards under the road bridge waiting to be fed.

Lots of Tufted Duck on the north and south lake today,

along with quite a few Pochard.

Up at the arm behind the pub, no sign of any Wigeon, but a couple of Gadwall, Coots and of course Great Crested Grebe.

 Good numbers of these at the moment.

We made our way past the pub, and on towards the south lake.

The Mallards followed me round again, greedy lot, and 3 Crows have quickly learnt that seed is to be had here.

Quite a few Reed Buntings calling in the reeds on the way to the far end, but no sign of any Kingfishers today.

A quick scan from the screen revealed plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Coots, Tufted Duck and Mallards.
Then I saw him, the Ferruginous Duck.

 Looking splendid in the sun.

He hasn't been around for a few days, he'd flown to another lake nearby, but today he came back. So glad he did, especially in the sunlight.

He drifted around a bit, over to the island, then back and settled with some Mallards for a while.

A few more pictures as he drifted around in the sun

and then he was gone. Not sure if he'd gone into the reeds, but I couldn't find him after that.

We carried on towards the bays in front of the houses. Someone had come out to feed the ducks, so it's always good to get some flight shot practice.

A quick look round the bay, and there was the long staying Red Crested Pochard.

A few pictures in the sunlight, and then off for some breakfast.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. It is a stunning duck. It has been cold and sunny but is starting to rain again now.

  2. He is like well rubbed bronze or copper...awesome look of sun bright birds. Really love the Redwing too. That frost is as heavy as the glaze of ice we got yesterday...brr.

  3. Thanks Adrian, it really is a stunner when seen in the sun.
    Still shining here, but bloody cold.

    Thank you Sondra. Amazing how sunshine can transform pictures at times.

  4. Great great shots, the Ferruginous duck is so coppery in the sun! Great lighting conditions for photos!

  5. Thanks Simon, it was perfect weather today.

  6. Fantastic shots. The opening image sets the stage for your early morning walk. Can't get over the magnificence of the Ferruginous Duck. And the mallards look so focused on their goal in the taking off shots. Great stuff.

  7. Thanks Wilma. I had a really good day today.

  8. Definitely thermals weather this morning Keith...'ol Fudge and the gang looking good in the sunshine.
    A cracking set of images...[;o)

  9. Cheers Trev. Bloody cold, but the sun made it all worthwhile.

  10. A brilliant set of photos as always Keith.

  11. Thanks John. The sunny weather certainly made a big difference.